By: Holly Horning
In Thursday’s blog, we discussed why Brad Ausmus will now likely stay for the rest of this season. That is, unless Mr. I’s tolerance for football-like final scores dissipates.
In exactly one month, the Tigers season will be over and presumably Al Avila will be making changes to his personnel shortly thereafter. In advance of that, let’s take a multiple-part look at Brad’s potential replacement for next year.
Managers leave teams for multiple reasons and not just because of their win-loss records. Personalities, changes at the GM-level, new owners and different strategies/direction are just a few of the factors.
Additionally, not all managers have the same issues to manage. Consideration should be given to the quality of the players entrusted to them, where in the development loop the team is situated and whether the manager is there to help in the rebuilding, stabilizing, development or pennant-driven path.
This year is expected to offer a bumper crop of managers who will become available. Analysts expect 14 of them to hit the unemployment line by the time Halloween arrives. And if more GMs are released from their jobs, expect that figure to go north as new Front Offices tend to beget new managers.
As Hank Bauer once said, “Managers are hired to be fired.” In fact, there are only three managers in the Baseball Hall of Fame who were never fired. One retired due to health reasons, one died while holding his position and the third one owned the team. How a manager should be viewed is ideally based upon how much he did given what was handed to him.
So who is available now? Who is likely to be available by the time the last out is recorded in the final game of the World Series? In the first of this multi-part series, let’s take a look at the likely suspects.
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In future installments, we’ll review each grouping for the reasons why each may become available as well as why the Tigers won’t consider 6 of them.
In the meantime, let’s hope that Al Avila identifies the issues that have held the team back for the past ten years. And just as important, that he develops a detailed list of required job skills for any new manager.